Water rescue - Ruamahanga River, Masterton - Wellington
Search activity will continue this morning for a 19 year old
Masterton man who went missing in the Ruamahanga River north
of Masterton. He had been swimming in the river with a group
of friends and got into difficulty in a deep turbulent pool
at about 5pm last night.
Search activity involved the
life flight trust helicopter, a jet boat, land SAR search
teams, Fire Service, Ambulance, and Police. Family and
friends also participated. The search failed to locate the
Similar resources will be used again in the
search this morning. The Police dive squad will also
River conditions at the time of his disappearance
involved swift and dirty water caused by rain in the Tararua
Forest Park. The river conditions have improved overnight.
Police have grave fears for the man.
His details will not
be released at this point - this will be reviewed early
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